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American Diabetes Month at Medical and Surgical Clinic of Irving

Did you know that November is American Diabetes Month? Diabetes is a huge problem faces American adults and children alike. Diabetes has become so common that nearly 10% of the population—1 in 11 people—have diabetes, and nearly three times that number are at risk of developing diabetes. At the Medical and Surgical Clinic of Irving, we wanted to explore what causes diabetes and how to combat this growing problem.

There are two types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is also known as insulin-dependent diabetes and is possibly caused by genetic or environmental factors. With type 1 diabetes, the pancreas struggles to produce insulin. On the other hand, type 2 diabetes, or non-insulin-dependent diabetes, occurs when the body cannot process its own insulin. Oftentimes, type 2 diabetes is linked to inactivity, excess body weight, or genetic factors.

If you are worried about diabetes, what can you do? One of the most important things to focus on is your diet. Too often, the food and drinks we consume contain too many sugars and lack the proper nutrition that our bodies need. Instead of foods heavy on calories, fill plates with vegetables and unprocessed foods instead. Generally speaking, if half of your plate has non-starchy vegetables, you are in good shape. The other half of your plate should contain lean protein and a healthy carbohydrate, like brown rice or whole grain pasta.

Activity is another important step in fighting diabetes. In this day and age, it is very easy to get sucked into inactivity. On top of leisure activities like movies and television, more and more Americans are working office jobs. A good idea is to set limits to how much time you sit still every day. Even at work, you can move about the office once every hour or so. You should also consider lifestyle changes, like walking to lunch or holding walking meetings.

Diabetes is a serious health risk that endangers the lives of countless Americans. This November, take the time to join the fight against diabetes. While sometimes diabetes is outside of your control, this advice will help minimize the risk of developing diabetes.


American Diabetes Month at MSCI

Diabetes has affected a staggering number of Americans. The US Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 1 in 11 Americans have diabetes, and when you consider the family members of those suffering from diabetes, it’s reasonable to say that this disease affects nearly everyone in our country. This month, we’re highlighting the dangers of diabetes as well as how common this disease is.

With modern advances, diabetes can be managed, but the consequences of diabetes cannot be understated. Diabetes can cause kidney disease, blindness, nerve damage and more. Because of these complications, diabetes can also cause sores, especially on the feet. Left untreated, these foot ulcers can lead to permanent damage to the tissue and bone, ultimately leading to amputation in some cases.

Diabetes increases the risk of kidney problems. Due to the damage diabetes causes to small blood vessels, kidney functions can be severely hampered and damaged. By regulating blood sugar levels, the chances of developing kidney problems can be controlled; however, kidney problems are an ever-looming issue for those suffering from diabetes.

The third major and most common complication from diabetes is blindness. Again, because of damage to small blood vessels, the eyes are at risk for diabetics. As the tiny blood vessels become more ineffective, blood cannot as easily flow to the retina. While this does not always cause blindness, it is a possibility. As before, this condition is treated by monitoring blood sugar, but there are also procedures involving lasers that can mitigate damage.

The best way to fight diabetes is to make small lifestyle changes. Moving around more often encourages your body to be overall healthier, so when presented with the opportunity, consider taking the stairs instead of the elevator, for instance. Eating healthier can also reduce the chance of diabetes, and eliminating junk food from your diet can go a long way in turning your health around. Sugary drinks, sweets, and fatty foods should be enjoyed in moderation as a special treat, not an everyday indulgence. Finally, if your family has a history of diabetes, be sure to talk to your doctor frequently.

Diabetes can be controlled much more now than in previous generations, but the best way to approach diabetes is to avoid diabetes. Make healthy lifestyle choices and talk to your doctor about an effective plan of attack if you are risk for diabetes. If you already have diabetes, make sure you are constantly checking your blood sugar to minimize the risk of more serious complications. If you are still looking for a doctor, consider scheduling an appointment with one of our doctors and talk to them about your concerns. Contact us today by calling (972) 253-4200.


When Exercise Isn’t Enough: Type 2 Diabetes

Exercise is generally considered a good thing. Perhaps too much exercise can be bad for health, but in general, physicians, researchers, scientists, life coaches, and plenty of other professionals recommend that all of us sneak in some exercise into our daily routines. However, we’re still exploring exercise and how it effects individuals. Case in point: one study recently explores why approximately one in five individuals with type 2 diabetes do not respond to exercise.

When we exercise, we typically expect our bodies to condition over time. Muscles are stressed and are conditioned to work better than before, including our heart. However, there is some unknown factor in some people with type 2 diabetes that causes exercise to not help improve health. This latest discovery opens up whole new avenues of research in physical health.

That being said, with only an estimated 20% of the Type 2 community exhibiting this problem, consider including exercise in your regular routine. Doing so can help you in a number of ways, including:

  • Boosting energy
  • Improving blood circulation
  • Strengthening muscles
  • Burning fat
  • Using insulin (which helps control your blood sugar levels)
  • Lowering bad cholesterol (LDL)
  • Improving good cholesterol (HDL)
  • Reducing the risk of strokes

If you have problems exercising with Type 2 diabetes or considering starting or changing your exercise routine, remember you can always talk to your physician. Do the same if you feel like your exercise routine is not improving your health. Remember that sometimes exercise will feel difficult and might sometimes feel like you’re not making any progress. Your physician can give you a clearer picture as to the progress you are making and how it is impacting your health.

If you are still looking for a physician that can help you create a plan for your Type 2 diabetes, the Medical and Surgical Clinic of Irving is home to a number of doctors that are more than willing to help. Our great locations along MacArthur Boulevard in Irving make us easily accessible, and our commitment to serving our community has earned us a reputation of caring and concern.  If you wish to schedule an appointment today, contact us at 972-253-4200.